Wow, how sweet the fruits of a well-directed question! This interview made my day.
I particularly enjoyed the section on human rights. It seems the ever-eloquent Meles couldn’t dig himself deep enough on this one. His rebuttal to the question regarding the the recent US state-department report (which detailed the findings of independent inquiry commission, and the circumstances which forced both the commission chairman and vice-chairman to flee for their lives) was my personal favorite.
That is not the case…I have not read it, but I know having read the department
of state reports on human rights for over a decade now that they do tend to get
Umm….ok. And then, his delicate teatment of the Somalia situation:
Well let's get the facts straight first, we did not fight a proxy war on behalfWhy he is hell-bent on taking all responsibilty for the growing debacle in Somalia is beyond me, but the Americans really couldn’t have orchestrated a better exit statement themselves. Nicely done. (Perhaps the choice of “scapegoat” over “pawn” is merely a matter of personal preference…?)
of the United States…in the initial phase before we intervened, everybody,
including the United States was warning us that we might walk into a trap and a
quagmire and that we should think twice before taking steps.